Melian Kidney Foundation has organized a health walk to create awareness for the deadly kidney disease.

The walk was well attended by the general public who were also taking through some aerobics after several hours of walking.

Speaking to Kasapa News, the Executive Secretary of Melian Kidney Foundation, Mrs. Aisha Bampoe said , public  awareness on the deadly  kidney disease is relatively low compared to other conditions, such as heart disease or cancer.

She said it is important for Ghanaians to understand the causes of kidney failure and why it is important to do regular checks and enough exercise.

The kidneys are a pair of organs located toward at the  lower back. One kidney is on each side of the human spine. They filter  blood and remove toxins from the body. Kidneys send toxins to the bladder. The body later removes toxins during urination.

Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys lose the ability to filter waste from the blood sufficiently. Many factors can interfere with kidney health and function, such as:

  • toxic exposure to environmental pollutants or certain medications
  • certain acute and chronic diseases
  • severe dehydration
  • kidney trauma